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Harry's Grand Slam Baseball Game
in a tin
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In Harry’s Grand Slam Baseball Game, each player manages a team and plays cards to simulate actual baseball plays. This easy to learn baseball game can be completed in less than twenty minutes.
First printed in 1962, Harry’s Grand Slam Baseball is a real hit with game players and baseball enthusiasts alike. This faithful reproduction includes the rules from the original game.
Out of the Box Publishing
Time: 15 - 20 minutes
Ages: 8 and up
Weight: 380 grams
Language Requirements: Game components are printed in English. Manufacturer's rules are printed in English. This is a domestic item.
- 54 cards
- baseball diamond
- card reference sheet
- original rules
- updated rules
- game history
Average Rating: 3 in 1 review
Publisher: Out of the Box
2 Players, 10 – 15 minutes
Review by: Greg J. Schloesser NOTE: This review was first published in Knucklebones magazine Ahhh … the sights, sounds, and smells of attending a game at the local ballpark are imbedded in the memories of many Americans. The smell of popcorn, the taste of a ‘dog covered with kraut and mustard, the sound of a bat cracking against the ball: all are part and parcel of a trip to the park. While these experiences cannot physically be recreated in a card game, Harry’s Grand Slam Baseball from Out of the Box comes close to capturing the atmosphere. This fast-paced card game recreates the excitement of baseball, with players swinging for the seats and turning dramatic double-plays. Pinch-hitting, base stealing, sacrifice bunting, relief pitching and more are all options for the team managers. Yet, the rules are simple, and the game has no complicated team charts or statistics to maintain. Indeed, a full game can be played in 10 – 15 fun-packed minutes. Harry’s Grand Slam Baseball was originally created back in 1962 by German immigrant Harry Obst. Out of the Box has reproduced the game with all of its original artwork and components as part of their Heirloom series. Packed in a handsome tin, the game also includes some updated features, including a folding scoreboard, baseball diamond, and optional rules. Armed with three cards apiece, players alternate playing cards. While on offense, a player is attempting to play cards which result in base hits, or at least move existing runners forward to score runs. The defensive player attempts to force outs by playing cards such as “Fly Out”, “Ground Out”, “Strike Out” or even a “Double Play”. Since players only possess three cards, options are sometimes limited, but this also has the effect of forcing a fast-paced game. Players MUST play a card on their turn, so sometimes a card must be played which results in an undesirable effect. There is nothing sadder than being forced to play a “Strike Out” card while your team is at bat! Managers do have some additional options. Pinch Hitter and Relief Pitcher cards allow the player to place a card sight-unseen in reserve, to be used when the manager feels is appropriate. Sometimes this results in a timely hit, while at other times the trusted player strikes out! As in a real baseball game, nine innings are played, with players alternating the roles of offense and defense each inning. Base runners are tracked on the diamond by placing the cards on the appropriate bases, and moving them forward when appropriate. Outs, innings and runs are tracked on the scoreboard. While not filled with strategy, complex hitting and pitching charts, or overly taxing decisions, Harry’s Grand Slam Baseball succeeds in simulating a fast-paced, action-packed baseball game filled with exciting moments and unexpected thrills. One can practically taste those ball park ‘dogs while playing, and players will undoubtedly be overcome by the urge to belt out a chorus of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame!”